Actors Sean Penn and Danny Glover, among many other artists, scholars and performers, sent a letter to U.S. President Bush on Tuesday in the hopes of eliminating travel restrictions on U.S. and Cuban artists, as reported by the newspaper Daily News.
“We are writing you as representatives of the cultural sphere in the U.S. We write you as American citizens. We write to express our dismay at your administration’s continuing hostility towards Cuba,” the letter said.
The document was inspired by a letter written by famous Cuban dancer and UNESCO goodwill ambassador, Alicia Alonso. “Let us work together so that Cuban artists and writers can take their talent to the United States,” she expressed.
Since the 1959 Cuban revolution, the relationship between the island country and the United States has been tense. A strict economic embargo enacted in 1962 against Cuba is still in effect today.